Raymond Tusk showed very smart form as a three-year-old, winning three times, including at Group 2 level in Italy, and he ran to a similar level last season, notably finishing fourth off a big weight in the Ebor. He didn’t have to be at his very best to win at Newcastle last month, where he got the better of Funny Kid by half a length, but he dug deep under pressure, showing a likeable attitude.
He has a clear edge on ratings and this looks like a fantastic opportunity. Funny Kid is expected to chase home the selection again.
Mount Wellington has not been with Stuart Williams for long but has made an excellent start for the yard, winning at the second attempt before narrowly failing to follow up. Both of those efforts were at this track, while his only previous success was achieved here, so he clearly handles the Tapeta surface well.
He was unlucky to bump into a well-handicapped rival last time, but is expected to gain compensation here, with the drop in trip not expected to pose a problem.
He’s Our Star has dropped in the weights and shaped with promise here on his penultimate start, keeping on nicely in the style of a horse capable of cashing in on a reduced mark. He finished only ninth of 13 at Lingfield last time but he wasn’t seen to best effect having been held up, and he made good late headway in the straight to get within two lengths of the leaders.
He is fitted with a visor for the first time and is worth another chance to prove he is a well-handicapped horse. Traveller also failed to meet expectations last time but had been running well previously and is also high on the short-list.